NBA Playoffs: Balance! The Dallas Mavericks shoot the Phoenix Suns out of the hall

The Dallas Mavericks have settled the series against the Phoenix Suns. In Game 4 of the Conference Semifinals, almost the entire Downtown team is warming up. Chris Paul makes a bizarre appearance on the other side.

The Mavericks hit 20 three-pointers as a team, eight of which came from Dorian Finney-Smith alone (career-high 24 points, 8/12 3FG, 8 rebounds). Luka Doncic scored 26 points (9/25 FG, 7 rebounds, 11 assists), Jalen Brunson delivered 18 points. Maxi Kleber put 11 and 7 rebounds off the bench.

On the other hand, Devin Booker was clearly the best man with 35 points and 7 assists, but he was more or less let down by his backcourt colleague. Chris Paul had only 5 points and 7 assists because he made a mistake in 23 minutes. Jae Crowder (15) and Deandre Ayton (14 and 11 rebounds) provided some support, but it was not enough.

Both teams started with the usual starting fives. And both teams started with good odds, after less than four minutes Dallas was already 13: 8 ahead. However, there was still cause for concern because Doncic was so upset by a missing whistle after just two and a half minutes that he got the game’s first technical.

Otherwise, things went very well for Dallas in the beginning. Doncic did what he wanted and the Mavs beat their threes. Finney-Smith scored for 24:13, after which Crowder limped into the locker room but was able to return quickly. Phoenix still seemed strangely disorganized. Bertans raised from the corner to +13, Booker (already 13 points) ensured injury limitation. 37:25 Mavs after a quarter.

Chris Paul is barely on the field in the second half

Bertans gave the Suns the next two triples, Dinwiddie followed up, Crowder got some fire on the other side. After more than six minutes on the bench, Doncic returned to his team at +9, Phoenix was now better in the game. Doncic blamed Paul and Bridges for their third mistake, and things got hotter again. Right at the end of the quarter, Paul also admitted a loose ball error – his fourth! 68:56 Dallas at the break.

Phoenix came out of the locker room full of steam, but Paul took the wind out of his team’s sail by immediately claiming his fifth foul. Mavs opened the quarter 0-7 before Brunson hit a heavy jumper, then it was prompt for a 7-0 run. Doncic picked up Payne several times and scored, but Johnson woke up on the other side and at least gave Booker a playing partner. That was enough to continue. 87:78 after three quarters.

Hard to believe: Paul returned and almost instantly admitted his sixth foul, being thrown out of a playoff game for the fourth time in his career. Booker initially kept his team in contention and put threes down to -8 with just under four minutes left, but the Mavs responded with two triples again. 1:34 before the end, Doncic put the ball in after a post-up against Johnson to 109: 95 and laughed – that was the final decision.

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